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Updating liberal definition

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Letter writer Robert Meale’s definition of liberal is limited and is “Fox” for misinformed.

Yes, the 19th century’s idea of liberal was basic: freedom for the few land owners and men of wealth. All ideas evolve with the ebb and flow of a growing society. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, T.H. Green – an English gentleman – began to see that not all were able to enjoy “freedom.” They were uneducated, hungry and taken advantage of by the barons. These hindrances – poverty, disease, discrimination and ignorance – prevented people from realizing their potential.

His idea of liberalism was a government that protected individual freedoms by providing public schools, hospitals and regulated working conditions (including a minimum wage). The progressive movement of today embodies those ideals.

We are liberal because we believe personal freedom includes the right to choose our own set of religious beliefs without the corporation we work for telling us we must follow its.

If Mr. Meale’s idea of personal freedom means sacrificing his own for those of his employers, I feel sorry for him. He has already sacrificed the freedom so many died to give him.  

Gail M. Albers

Woodstock

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